By Paula Parker
Coral Island is a picturesque tropical island and a very popular spot for visitors to take day trips from Phuket, located only nine kilometres southeast of Phuket.
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Most visitors that go to Coral Island, usually do this as a day trip from Phuket. Whilst day trips to the Island are great and there is lots of fun activities on the island that the whole family can enjoy, the island does get very busy.
Coral Island in Thai is known as Ko Hae and is spelt many different ways such as Koh Hei or Koh Hey.
There are two main beaches on the Island.
These two beaches are known as Long Beach and Banana Beach, there is also a few quiet bays on the other side.
Long Beach is where the majority of day-trip boats visit, which at times through the high season can get quite crowded.
Snorkeling at Long beach is not the best as most of the corals close to the shore has been damaged by the continuous activities.
However if you swim out far enough from the shore you will see lots of colorful fish.
Banana Beach is located east of Long beach about a fifteen minute walk, and is much quieter.
The beach itself is smaller then Long Beach and is one of the best spots on the Island for snorkeling, it's an ideal location for beginners and kids.
If you decide to spend a few relaxing days on the Island and feel like you want to get away from the crowds that arrive when the day trip boats come, head towards the far ends of either beach and you will find peace and quiet, when the day trippers leave you will feel as though you have the whole island to yourself.
There are plenty of fun things to do on the Island, with a wide range of water activities to choose from, such as:
If you want to chill out there are plenty of deckchairs along the beach or you could have a relaxing beach massage.
Restaurants and toilet facilities are available for day trippers on both beaches.
The Coral Island Resort is the only overnight accommodation on the island which is located at the eastern end of Long beach.
The Resort has 64 private one and two bedroom bungalows which are situated close to the beach.
The Island and Resort is an ideal location for a romantic tropical beach wedding, the resort is able to organise special packages for your wedding in Phuket.
There are lots of group tours that go to Ko Hae for day trips from Phuket, however we recommend you book your tours through a professional and reliable tour company.
We highly recommend Easy Day Thailand for tours to Coral Island, they have a range of different tour options to choose from.
Koh Hae Island Tour
Additional activities that can be booked once on the Island or pre booked before you arrive.
To ensure you pick the right tour, talk to the guys at Easy day Thailand
Another option is to charter your own private speedboat.
Or alternatively you can hire a longtail boat from Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier.
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